Will tennis get better at the University of Alabama?

University of Alabama Director of Athletics Mal Moore announced today that Shane Lyons, Associate Commissioner at the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), has been hired as Deputy Director of Athletics at the Capstone wearing full Alabama apparel to show his support.

University of Alabama Tennis Shirts

University of Alabama Tennis Shirts worn by their own players

Shane Lyons will work hand in hand with Billy Pate, head coach of the Alabama tennis team. In fact, the men’s tennis team enjoyed a successful day one at the 2011 USTA/ITA Southern Regional Championships, which are being held at the Yarborough Tennis Center at Auburn University. The Crimson Tide collected a combined seven wins on Thursday at the four-day tournament.

“I was very pleased with the results today and was especially pleased with the effort and energy,” said Alabama head coach Billy Pate. “Each guy played hard and with good focus.” Of course they looked good sporting their University of Alabama shirts.

Of course, let’s focus on this new athletic director shall we. “Shane Lyons accepted our offer early last week and we have finalized an agreement to add him to our athletic staff,” Moore said. “Shane brings to our department impressive administrative experience, having served at the ACC for more than 10 years while just completing his term as Chairman of the NCAA’s Division I Legislative Council. I am delighted to welcome him to our staff.”

Lyons’ role at Alabama will focus on assisting the Director of Athletics with the day-to-day operations of the athletic department, helping lead the administrative team. A 1987 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management, Lyons also earned a master’s degree in Sport Management from WVU in 1988.

“I am extremely excited to join the Crimson Tide family,” Lyons said. “It’s an honor to be part of an exceptional academic and athletic institution with great leadership. I am looking forward to working with such a quality athletics community of administrators, coaches and student-athletes.”

Lyons has more than 25 years of administrative experience in college athletics and is recognized as one of the most capable and skilled professionals in the nation. He has deep experience in the areas of strategic planning, compliance and policy implementation on both the conference and national levels. Since joining the ACC in 2001, Lyons’ duties have focused on conference-wide compliance and academic initiatives, providing direct assistance to the conference’s presidents, chancellors and athletics directors in matters dealing with NCAA regulatory matters. In addition, he served as the league office’s Human Resource Manager and was responsible for the administration, negotiation and mediation of the employee benefits program and managing the conference’s organizational policies and procedures. Lyons also was part of the administrative team for ACC events, including the ACC Football Championship Game, the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament and several men’s and women’s NCAA basketball events.

“Over the past decade, Shane has been a trusted and loyal colleague that has made valuable contributions to the ACC,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This is an excellent opportunity for Shane and I’m extremely pleased for him and his family. He will do a terrific job for Alabama.”

I just hope he can bring the tennis team up to the next level!!

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